Pep Guardiola Reacts To Yaya Toure’s Apology

Pep Guardiola's Reaction To Yaya Toure's Apology
Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola

Yaya Toure on Thursday apologised to the Manchester City management team and pledged his future to the club.

Toure said sorry for his agent Dimitri Seluk’s attacks on Guardiola for axing the Ivory Coast star from his Champions League squad.

Toure has not played since August after Pep Guardiola revealed that the Ivorian will not be selected again unless his agent apologised for disparaging comments about him.

On Friday morning, Toure issued a statement, saying:

“I wish to apologise on behalf of myself and those who represent me to the management team and all those working at the club for the misunderstandings from the past”.

“My agent’s statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there. I have nothing but respect for Manchester City and only wish them the best’’.

He ended his statement by thanking the fans for their support through the hard times.

Pep Guardiola has now welcomed Yaya Toure ‘s apology, but gave no guarantee that the midfielder would win back his Manchester City place.

“I spoke with Yaya this morning. It was private and of course I read what he wrote and that’s all. Of course, it’s good news for Manchester City, that’s the most important thing and for Yaya as well.

“Yaya is in all our meetings and all our training sessions. You know the situation, nothing has changed.

“I answer about Yaya, I do not answer anymore.

“I spoke with him, that’s good, that’s all. Now I’m focused on Middlesbrough and you know the situation.”

Toure Set To Leave Man City In June

Yaya Toure (r) with Sergio Aguero

Manchester City’s midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure will leave the club at the end of the season having not been offered a new contract, his agent said on Monday.

The 32-year-old Ivory Coast international, who was the African Footballer of the Year four times in a row from 2011, joined Premier League City from Barcelona for 24 million pounds ($34.23 million) in July 2010.

Six years ago Toure was sold by Barca boss Pep Guardiola, who will replace Manuel Pellegrini as City’s coach when the Spaniard leaves Bayern Munich at the end of this season.

“We have waited too long. Manchester City promised a deal but nothing has materialised so Yaya will leave in June,” his agent Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports television.

“Yaya is disappointed, of course, but he is a professional and he remains under contract so he will continue to do his best for City.”

Toure has been linked by the media with a move to Inter Milan who are coached by former City boss Roberto Mancini.

“Various offers have arrived for Yaya and we’re evaluating them,” Seluk said. “Inter? We’re definitely talking about a great club.

“Everyone knows about the relationship between Yaya and Mancini but… we haven’t made any decision yet. The Nerazzurri’s project is great and Inter is a fantastic club so it’s normal that they want a player of this level.”

Toure won the Premier League with City in 2012 and 2014, the FA Cup in 2011 and the League Cup in 2014 and 2016.

City visit Paris St Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.